How WSU Works with Industry to Make a Smarter Grid

by Alyssa Patrick
March 20, 2015

We were excited to have WSU professor Chen-Ching Liu in Seattle last week to share the latest smart grid developments with business and community leaders at the Technology Alliance Discovery Series breakfast.

Dr. Liu is director of WSU’s Energy Systems Innovation Center, an interdisciplinary research and industry collaboration that aims to develop a smart grid that meets the needs and concerns of consumers. Read about the Center's current major research and workforce development efforts below. 

Robotic orchard bins to be tested by WSU scientists

January 15, 2015
by Scott Weybright

Washington State University researchers were awarded a $1 million federal grant to develop an intelligent bin management system supported by a robotic self-propelled fruit bin carrier in tree fruit orchards.

“This grant gives us the chance to convert what we thought would work into something that orchards can use,” said Dr. Qin Zhang, who will lead the research. “It’s one aspect to help address the overall labor shortage that orchards are dealing with.” The manually operated research prototype of a self-propelled bin carrier created by WSU researchers.

Seely takes advantage of Pullman's big city living

January 14, 2015
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Unlike most students who come to WSU, Warren Seely came to Pullman to experience the big city.

Seely, a senior in electrical engineering with an emphasis in power engineering, is originally from tiny Clatskanie, Oregon, where his family has a 500-acre mint farm. He is one of the few students who call Pullman “large.’’

“But,’’ he adds, “It still has a small-town feel to it and a friendly, open atmosphere.’’

Venkatasubramanian named an IEEE fellow

November 25, 2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Vaithianathan (Mani) Venkatasubramanian, professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

He was recognized for contributions to online detection of oscillatory behavior of electric power systems.

With WSU since 1992, he holds several patents for real-time stability monitoring in power systems using synchronized wide-area measurements.

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